News from the plant

USW 7-669 is receiving unprecedented international support!

Since being locked out by Honeywell on midnight August 1st, we have received an unprecedented amount of international support.  If you haven't checked out the new tab on our home page, you can see it be clicking here.

We would like to give a sincerel thank you to all of the organizations that have pledged support.

Rally in Superman's hometown on October 11th! Come support the locked out members of USW 7-669!

 
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Rally in Superman's hometown in support of the women and men of steel.

On October 11, join us for a march and rally in Metropolis, Illinois as we tell Honeywell to end the lockout and put the members of USW 7-669 back to work.

USW 7-669 in 2014 Labor Day parade

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This years Metropolis Labor Day parade was a huge success.  Members of our Local Union, their families, and several retirees showed up to march together with our float.  A very special thanks to Miranda Ramage and Keith Markus for all your hard work putting this years float together and to Luckie Atkinson for volunteering to tow it in the parade. (Click story title for more photos.)

Fish fry donated by Yesterday's Catfish Shack

IB ImageOn Friday, August 29, the members of our Local Union and their families were able to forget about the difficulties of the lockout for just one night thanks to Yesterday's Catfish Shack in Paducah.  The owners of Yesterday's and their staff fed our entire Union and their families at the Union hall.  The event was extremely well attended.  Yesterdays' did an outstanding job preparing the food and we will be forever grateful.  (Click title for more pictures)

Meeting this Friday followed by fish fry donated by Yesterday's

There will be a special meeting this Friday at 5:30 at the hall.  All members and their families are strongly encouraged to attend as there will be announcements about the current status of unemployment, strike and defense, and upcoming events.  

This brief meeting will be followed by a fish fry for our members and their families compliments of Yesterdays in Metropolis and Paducah.  

Bargaining to continue October 2nd and 3rd

Today the company notified the Union that they would not have a counterproposal for the major issues in response to the Union's latest proposals.  Instead, they demanded that the Union vote on an offer that would immediately eliminate 31 local jobs.  Obviously, the Union continues to make themselves available to bargain, but bargaining takes two and we're still waiting for the other side.  

What are we fighting for?

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As our Local Union's Strike and Defense Committee met to prepare to disburse assistance, we needed to purge our files of folks that no longer worked with us.  In this photo, you can see 83 chairs, each of which represents a co-worker that worked with us up until we were locked out in 2010.  This represents 83 local jobs that the company has eliminated since 2010.  This isn't just our fight.  This is a fight for good jobs in our community!

Arbitration Win, Worker Reinstated

The union received yet another arbitration award in our favor today.  An arbitrator ruled that the company unjustly terminated an employee last year and has ordered the company to reinstate them with full seniority.  The union told the company some time ago that they would have to answer for the way they have treated their workers and this latest arbitration win is yet another example of that coming to fruition.  Whenever one of our members are wronged we will be there to fight for them, period!

Negotiation Update 8/22/2014

Negotiations between Honeywell and United Steelworkers Local 7-669 concluded this week without an agreement.  Friday morning the company informed the union that they needed more time to go over the union’s proposals and would not a response today.  The Union made substantial moves yesterday while preserving what the membership has mandated with hopes that Honeywell will give those proposals serious consideration.  The union remains committed to bargaining to reach a fair agreement.  Honeywell locked out the union workforce earlier this month when the sides did not reach an agreement by midnight August 1st.

Negotiation Update 8/21/2014

We met with the company today and gave proposals with significant moves made.  It is now up to the company on whether they want to do some actual bargaining or continue their strong arm tactics.

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